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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Morning Rants

Since morning the television is blaring and SD is glued to the set, devouring the statistics of wins and losses, as the presenters, commentators scream and holler into their microphones!

Television in the morning is something I just am not fond of! I like my mornings peaceful and serene...maybe a raga or soulful music playing in the backdrop while I sip my tea and glance through the crisp fresh newspaper....of course the latter again is a luxury, as on most days, when I get to read the paper (in the evenings), they are crumpled with a page or two missing!

Well today my complaints and cribbings WILL NOT be entertained. I have been categorically informed ....the counting process is on and the dance of democracy of the last few months comes to its (il)logical conclusion!

Of the many highlights being passed on to me by SD, a few which caught my attention :
* Mamata seems to have swept the election in West Bengal....I wonder how! A politician who successfully drives away industrialisation and industries from a state in dire need of it, wins people's hearts and votes!! And not only the rural votes...she has won several seats in the heart of the urban metropolis!
*The mechanised counting process in India is way ahead, in terms of time and speed given the mammothness of the numbers and the geographical spread, compared to the most developed nations of the world! And I am supposed to feel privileged to be able to witness the execution of such a gargantuan task, LIVE!! Well, actually, one privileged person in the family is enough....
*Chiranjeevi is almost on the verge of extinction even before he strengthened his foothold in the political arena
*Of the dames of democracy, DIDI is up, BEHENJI is down and AMMA is floundering !

Even as I finish this post, the television continues to holler, papers and toys are strewn all over, AD's cartoons are on and with a throbbing head I get down to the business of bringing order to complete disorder....

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19 comments:

kavi said...

Ha Ha !

I just wrote too ! On this !

Someone has to get down bring down chaos and bring in order. Someone has to do it ! And am glad that such a someone is after all there !!

And ofcourse...glad that such a someone is you !

:)

HR said...

Several parties in the nation are categorically state based. These parties can not be termed as national parties since their activities are area concentric. In West Bengal Trinamool Congress is one of them. In other states like TDP in Andhra, DMK/ADMK in Tamilnadu, BJD in Orissa etc.etc. have their network limited to the state boundaries. These parties are mostly headed by a leader and have a single agenda of improvement in the state.They generally do not indulge in ism politics like our largest party congress follows Gandhism,Marxism followed leftists and a homogeneous mixture of good aspects of various isms by BJP.There is no harm if a party concentrate on improvement of the state it belongs to, however,they never get elevated to the national stage and become a national party.These parties are also suffering from one more problem. Since their setup is entirely dependent on a single leader, the second or third string of leaders always remain dormant. Just imagine Trinamool Congress minus Ms. Mamata Banerjee! .. the party ought to collapse due to lack of proper vanguard. The second or third string leaders can never match the leadership qualities of their supremo ensuing a catastrophe. In this area the national parties are much organized and way ahead of local outfits.In my opinion there should be two acknowledged parties in the country, the leftist and the rightists. The contest should be held between only these two to decide the one to form government.

The entire piece written by me is simply my way of looking into the matter and have no other intention.

Anyway, I deviated from the main course, sorry maa'm. Another thought provoking piece from the author... with good wishes..

SGD said...

@Kavi-I think on saturday most of India was watching the tamasha LIVE!!!

Just read your post...

And I wish bringing order to disorder on a national level was just as simple but not as temporary!!!!

@HR-Thanks for your simple yet profound analysis of our political setup.
A two party setup would definitely simplify our system and eliminate much of the chaos...
But then again, simpification was never one of our characteristic features! We thrive on complexities of any and every kind!! ;)

Little Girl Lost said...

Sarmistha- yes, its been a chaotic weekend, hasn't it?

my father seems to have gone into denial about the left's defeat...so have most other bongs i know... people are in such a state of shock...

HR said...

Rightly you said.... right from Mahabharat days we learnt to inherit complexity and not simplicity...

Imp's Mom said...

stayed away frm the tamasha and preferred to read the final news... that's what happens with a bored toddler at home :P

Imp's Mom said...

btw u've been Tagged!!

Sumit said...

hahaha...
reminds me how things used to be for mum when we were kids!!
dad at work, me n sis glued to tv, n mum hollering "get around to studies" while going about the business of the house...

regarding TMC win, i was surprised too. I hold the opinion that should this be repeated in next year's assembly elections, Bengal would be jumping back a few decades probably to the dark ages again. They happen to be worse of the two devils.. its a sad state of affairs that its CPI(M) that I would have to settle for due to lack of a better political challenge. But never TMC - they are absolute no gooders!!

However, my recent conversations with some folks in Kolkata over the weekend, has convinced me another thing. The armchair critics, the "intelligentsia" have formed the opinion TMC was better coz of Singur n Nandigram. What I personally see is return of marxism on the manifesto...
n secondly, as my sis pointed out many voted for TMC coz they wanted change, n TMC was the only other option they had.

So, its not pro-banerjee, its anti-communist.
Change for the sake of change has never been good!!

SGD said...

@Sumit-I agree with your views!

My understanding of politics is very very elementary. But I know that...

For the past 30 yrs CPI(M) has ruined a state which was the industrial, educational and social forerunner of the nation.
But the present CM, tried to reverse the destructive politics of CPI(M) and tried to usher in a change and sent out positive vibes towards industrialisation, corporatisation and negative vibes towards the bandh culture, he didnot get the unstinted support of his leftist comrades. Mamata stepped in with her anti-industrialisation propaganda.

Strangely the Bengali intelligentsia is so pro-TMC.

Several of my highly accomplished friends, some enterpreneurs, some holding prestigious posts in their respective professions, are celebrating Ms.B's victory and singing paens to her supposed transformation from the rustic grass root level politician to a politician of substance.

I wonder ..... can words , probably scripted by professional wordsmiths & PR agents be adequate to judge her ability and be convinced her articulate words will be translated into actions?

I sincerely hope that their conviction comes true....
West Bengal needs CHANGE ....That's why the local population is SO euphoric.
But change for the sake of change is dangerous.
If Ms B REALLY has transformed herself into a constructive politician, who REALLY wants to usher in CHANGE to her state.....we're ALL for it...
But if not, then God Save Bengal!!!

SGD said...

@LGL-Kolkata , I heard, is celebrating!

Though a hardcore non-CPI(M) supporter (I'm COMPLETELY apolitical actually) I wonder , isnt putting so much faith & conviction on TMC, a blunder.....

SGD said...

@HR- ha ha ha!!! Absolutely...not only complexity...corruption, falsification everything!! ;))

@Imp's Mom-Welcome to my blog!
Oh yes...with a toddler at home, TV has to take a backseat!

And thanks for the tag....let's see how soon I can take it up!

Pesto Sauce said...

Elections have been entertainment & surprise for us all

Been here first time....liked your stuff

Sucharita Sarkar said...

This is a nice domestic way of looking at the democratic circus.

I have posted on this, too, just like Kavi, but I admit that I, too, was glued to the TV set all day. As for the spouse, being a journalist with the Times of India, I hardly saw him for the last few days, so the TV was a good sustitute...and my daughters are dancing... SINGH IS KING.

BTW, Mamata may not be too palatable, but any change is better than no change at all....

And HOW COULD BANGALORE VOTE FOR BJP? After all that Ram Sene horror?

Pradip Biswas said...

Why TMC won? Because people wanted a change. Not a mere Change for Change sake but the left front was trying to root out Janata Power. Industry in a fertile soil is ridiculous.Why not set Nano in the Unfertile soil of Purulia, Bankura and Birbhum where the poor people welcomed it. Infrastucture could have been built during the plant construction period and unfertile land mostly held by govt could have been transferred easily. On the other hand the left front closed down factories after factories around Calcutta. It was the anger of Public which the vote manipulating machinaries could not stop. This time more people voted and Nothing could stop them.

SGD said...

@Pesto Sauce-Welcome to my blog!
Hope the entertainment continues but on a positive note with changes happening in constructive direction and India is made to shine in the true sense!
Hope to see you again....

@SS-So both the husband and wife was in the thick of things...one actually moving the wheels of democracy and the other bringing us the news and info of the circus that was on!
Yes, Kolkata, is deliriously happy with DIDI's win....hope she successfully brings about the change that we so desperately need and want.


@PB-Yes the desperation for CHANGE is what drove the rural as well as URBAN population to bring in TMC.
Hope they can deliver....somehow Mamata does not generate even an iota of confidence in me....my as I've already mentioned I'm a political illiterate.
These days I keep hearing she has changed , has become articulate etc etc...
Hope she delivers....because W.Bengal needs to get out of the Red Bastion and that too with head held high!

Rajesh said...

This season election news was on the backseat because of IPL. But on this particular day.

In WB there was no other alternative to LEFT.

Sukanya C said...

Hi SGD,

TMC has driven away just one. Under CPM 56,000+ industries big and small closed down. 32 years of utter mis rule and in a complete Orwellian scenrio, CPM is now championing the capitalist! And they did grab land illegally.

One needs to live here to know :-).

SSQuo said...

It's called a family! Craziness, noise, compromises et al.

I'm all for music only in the morning, not a TV person myself, it has to do with how our parents did it. Often we woke up to nice music playing in the background. Oquai tends to like the TV on, ugh! It's just too much noise and mind switching soo early (questionable) in the morn.

SGD said...

@Rajesh-Yes....IPL and Elections, vying with one another for TRP!!
Reg, WB, that's the tragedy!

@Sukanya-CPM has successfully transformed the industrial, academic, intellectual forerunner of yesteryears into a graveyard of sorts!
But TMC...somehow Mamata's histrionics dont do much to my confidence levels....wish we had a third choice!